Comments by Michaele Benedict
Dvorak and Mendelssohn and Bruce Yu's beautiful playing: It should be a simply wonderful concert.
The Cabrillo Adult School has been cut. The zero-period music class is in jeopardy. Where is the money from that parcel tax going, anyway?
The video tribute is very nicely done, but I didn't see the names of the composers in the credits (I could have missed this). The song, originally called "Old Cape Cod", was written by Claire Rothrock, Milton Yakus and Allan Jeffrey in 1957.
I wonder if people realize that the Cabrillo Adult School was completely eliminated at the end of term last June. The Coastside Chorale, which has been singing for 50 years, was part of this cut, which eliminated two modestly-paid jobs (including mine.) I assume the Board made this decision. As far as I know, there has been no suggestion that the Adult School be restored as a result of the passage of Measure E.
Leland Yee responded to a request from a constituent who wished to honor a respected congressman by naming a public project for him. I never imagined the suggestion would stir up so much debate, some of it rather mean-spirited. Rather than rehash the history of the tunnel and who was greener-than-thou, why donâ€™t we just agree to disagree and go back to getting rid of the pampas grass up there?
Congressman Lantos himself, in a statement released today, says that
"The credit for creating the solution to the traffic woes at Devilsâ€™ Slide, after more than two decades of effort at every level, belongs to the members of the community who advocated this project as a way to protect the environment and to improve the situation for all coastsiders."
I'm sorry so few agree with me on naming the tunnel for Tom Lantos (where are all those people who kept him in office for nearly 30 years?) But I have to say that Chuck Kozak is, as always, informed, articulate, tactful and funny. I wish HE'D run for office.
There's quite a difference between the suggested reason for the airport naming and naming a tunnel for a respected representative. And how, by the way, did a little stretch of Highway One get named for Lou Papan?